It’s no secret that the construction industry comes with its own set of difficulties. It can be tedious to keep track of every job and project. So, it’s important to have the right construction management software to help you operate efficiently.
Construction companies and general contractors rely on construction project management software, punch lists, bid management apps, and other task management tools to operate. However, one of the most important aspects of running a construction firm can often get overlooked. How do you manage all of your employees?
There are a lot of factors that go into finding the best employee management software solution for your construction professionals. Homebase is here to help. Our reliable, easy-to-use software offers many features that construction companies love. Here are five ways Homebase can help you manage your workers, no matter which job site they’re at for the day.
1. Easy communication
Construction companies love the Homebase free messaging app thanks to the ease of use and ability to message every employee at once. By using the Homebase app to communicate, you can:
- Message every employee working a certain shift in just a couple clicks
- Communicate with individual employees about project planning changes, updates on the job, or any other important information
- Know who has read your messages with real time updates
- Instantly share our Manager Log feature with your management team to track issues
- Know who has seen their new schedules as soon as they open them
Even better, your employees can use the messaging app themselves to communicate with each other without having to collect every team member’s phone number. The ability to connect so easily on a company-wide level makes managing project tasks incredibly easy.
Ready to communicate easier with your team? Sign up for free today!
2. Mobile GPS clock in capability
Construction workers shouldn’t have to waste time coming into your office to clock in for the day’s shift. With the mobile GPS time clock, employees can clock in and out from their phone, no matter what job site they’re at. The app then shares GPS coordinates and a timestamp with you.
Plus, if it looks like an employee may have forgotten to clock out, Homebase will shoot them a reminder that they need to do so, and they’ll be able to correct their mistake right there on their own device.
The best part of the mobile time clock is that it gives you peace of mind that your staff is at the right job when their shift starts—without having to show up yourself. It also means your employees have more time in the morning to get started on their day-to-day activities.
3. Shift notes
Speaking of day-to-day activities, if you’re not on the job site every day, how are you supposed to relay daily tasks and assignments to each employee? Are you going to print out Gantt charts for each worker? Luckily Homebase’s scheduling software comes equipped with shift notes, so you don’t have to.
Shift notes work like this: You add in any information your team member needs to know for that day’s job when you build the schedule (or any other time). When your employee clocks in, they’ll get a notification with the message you included in the shift. This way everyone will be made aware of what you expect them to complete each day.
Our construction customers rely on this tactic to relay information to their employees every day and consider it one of the most important features we offer.
4. Financial management made simple
Tired of the countless hours you spend on payroll for your employees each week? This is one of the biggest problems for business owners, but Homebase makes preparing to run payroll easier as well. Once you’re ready to go, you can export your free timesheet to the top payroll providers, including:
- Bank of America Merchant Services
- Millennium Payroll Solutions
- Square Payroll
- Sure Payroll
The Homebase time tracking app can also help manage your labor costs. With Homebase timesheets you can total hours worked for each worker, calculate overtime, and even track breaks to stay compliant with federal, state, and local laws.
Are some of your projects based on outside areas? Your Homebase dashboard will go as far as to give you the weather forecast so you can make better workforce decisions and maybe reschedule a job if it looks like it’s going to rain.
Ready to make payroll a breeze? Sign up for free with Homebase today!
5. Hiring and new hire document management
Another feature that Homebase customers love is the capability to hire the best construction employees for your business. All you need is our one, easy-to-use tool to post an open position to all of the leading job sites like Indeed, ZipRecruiter, and Facebook.
Getting started is as easy as choosing from one of our pre-written job descriptions. After you’ve crafted a job description that perfectly fits your needs, all it takes is one click to deliver it to all sites at once.
Our applicant screener questions help you find the absolute best candidate for the job. You can even schedule an interview by messaging interested job seekers right from your Homebase app.
Finally, Homebase helps you get your new employees prepared for day 1 on the job without wasting time on a tedious, old-fashioned onboarding process. You can email a new hire packet that comes equipped with all of the necessary documents your new hire needs to complete in order to stay compliant with U.S. and state laws.
Once your new hire signs that paperwork, the signed documents are securely stored on Homebase’s system, and they’ll remain easily accessible for anyone who needs to view them.
Whether you are looking for an easy way to communicate, an efficient way to keep track of employees, or even a high-tech, simple strategy for hiring new employees, Homebase has you covered. The best part? Getting started is free! Sign up today to begin taking advantage of the great features Homebase offers for you and your construction professionals.